Sure, you can get your iPhone 5S in Apple's own gold finish, but so can just about anyone else with a few hundred dollars to throw around. If you really want to stand out from the crowd of folks poking at their devices all day, you need the Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300 USD). Instead of the typical gold finish, this one comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions — and if you're really feeling like showing off, go ahead and upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.
Even with all of our favorite summer festivals now a distant memory in our Instagram feeds, a portable power source for your mobile device can still be valuable during the chaotic holiday season. Today, protective accessory maker Incase announced the release of its Portable Power Pack in various colors and sizes. With your choice of a 5,400 or 2,500 mAH internal battery, the simplistic design of Incase’s latest creation features an embedded USB-A cable that will indicate your device’s charge progress with a series of LED lights. While the more powerful 5400 Pack can deliver two full charges to your iPhone, the 2500 only provides one. Both packs are currently available at the brand’s web store for $79.95 USD and $59.95 USD respectively.
Although leaks have been surfacing for some time now of Google’s upcoming Nexus 5, last night’s leak on the Google Play Store provides the best image yet of what consumers can expect. Accompanying the 16GB smartphone was the text “Starting at $349.” The Nexus 5 is expected to have a vastly improved camera, in addition to a 1080p 4.95-inch display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, LTE, and storage capacity that tops out at 32GB. No word yet on any official release date but early reports suggest it will ship around the 28th with Android 4.4 KitKat.
HTC has revealed its newest smartphone the One Max featuring a 5.9-inch screen and fingerprint sensor technology. A larger iteration of its lead design, the One Max houses a nearly edge-to-edge 1080p screen along with the same 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor used in the One. The fingerprint scanner on the back unlocks the phone and can be programmed for up to three fingers which immediately launch three separate apps without the need to unlock or go to the home screen. Available in 16GB or 32GB, the phone also allows for up to 64GB extra memory via a microSD card slot found under the rear cover. The HTC One Max launches in Asia and Europe in October, with a U.S. release following shortly after.
With the new iPhones set to release this Friday, it’s crazy to think that BlackBerry thought it would be a good idea to announce a new phone. That being said, this looks like the best BlackBerry yet. Billed by the company as its biggest, most capable handset ever, on paper the Z30 certainly has plenty of head-turning features such as a large 5-inch AMOLED screen, updated BlackBerry 10.2 software, and a high-capacity battery. A lot of people say they’re too far gone, but they’ll always be one of my favorite phone manufacturers. Check the video for details on the new Z30. Enjoy.
Coming soon from Apple is the long-rumored iPhone 5c. A new addition to the iPhone family and meant as a low-cost option to those already available, the 5c features many of the internal components of Apple’s iPhone 5, but sees a completely redesigned exterior of colorful plastic. Inside, the 5c comes powered by the 5′s A6 processor and features an 8MP iSight camera, an improved HD FaceTime camera, and connectivity support for Bluetooth 4.0 and both 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. With a two-year contract, 16GB models are set to retail for $99 USD while 32GB will run $199 USD. Look for the phones to be available to pre-order beginning Friday, September 13th while a release is set for September 20th. [See Collection]
Even though we’re just now hearing what amounts to a confirmation of the unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5C on September 10, several artists took to Dribbble to present their wrap-around screen concept for the iPhone 6. Most notable among the designs are concepts by Michael Shanks, Ali Rahmoun and Sebastian Scheer. Of course they’re just ideas for now but if Apple does indeed plan to provide a fingerprint sensor with the next iPhone, who knows what they have up their sleeves for future models. [See More]
Think of the Ubuntu Edge ($830 USD) as a proving ground for next-generation mobile technology — most of the things you see here will likely make their way onto big-name handsets. The biggest of those technologies is convergence: hardware and software that seamlessly transitions between desktop and mobile. All you need to do to use it as a desktop PC is plug it into a display using HDMI, and pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. This is possible thanks to a fast multi-core CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 128 gig flash drive. Other impressive features include the ability to dual-boot between Android and Ubuntu OS, a 4.5-inch sapphire crystal display, stereo speakers, and two LTE antenna. [Watch More]
Considering that wireless trends of recent times have equated ‘big’ to necessarily mean ‘better’, the release of HTC‘s One Mini is a breath of fresh air. This phone – HTC’s follow-up to the ever popular HTC One – houses a 720p resolution within its 4.3″ body, as well as BoomSound Speakers and a 4 megapixel camera at the back of the device. Under the hood, we find the One Mini equipped with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, running with Sense 5.0 and powered by a pretty zippy 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400. The aluminum body from the HTC One has been replaced with polycarbonate around the sides, making for a lightweight, though durable device. Enjoy a look at the HTC One Mini, releasing to worldwide audiences later next month.
Jolla has just unveiled its first smartphone, which will go on sale this year for €399 (roughly $510). Running the company's MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS, it features a 4.5-inch display, a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, LTE (in selected markets), removable back covers, 16GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot. According to Jolla, the handset will be "compliant" with Android apps, although it's not sure how many apps will be supported, nor is it clear where users will download the apps from. [Watch More]